Post-Op Instructions

Chantilly, VA Dentist

It is important to follow instructions after you have oral surgery to ensure proper healing and to avoid complications. As a rule of thumb, you should always wait two hours after surgery before eating to allow the anesthesia to subside.

Attempting to eat before this could result in soft tissue damage because your mouth may still feel numb. The instructions found below are guidelines. After your surgery, the doctor or dental assistant will supply you with full instructions on how to properly recover from surgery.

Root Canal Therapy

You can expect soreness after a root canal procedure for a few days. You should avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where the procedure was performed. By doing so, the affected area will not be irritated.

You may also need to take an antibiotic to treat any remaining infection in your tooth. If you notice an increasing amount of pain or tenderness, call your dentist.

Crowns and Bridges

Most of our crowns can now be completed in one appointment. This eliminates the need for a temporary crown and a second crown cement appointment.

Most bridges still require two appointments  After the first appointment a temporary restoration is placed. This is not as sturdy as the final version, so take care when cleaning and eating. The temporary should be brushed and flossed gently. Sticky and chewy foods should be avoided while the temporary is in.

There may be some sensitivity and irritation after the crown or bridge is placed. This is normal and will subside after the soft tissue heals. Rinsing with warm saltwater can help relieve gum discomfort. Over the counter drugs should be taken if the pain doesn’t cease.

When the permanent crown or bridge is placed it may feel a little awkward for a few days. Your mouth needs to adjust to the new tooth, and it should feel like one of your natural teeth in less than a week. If your bite feels abnormal in any way, you should let your dentist know. Caring for your bridge or crown is just like caring for your own teeth. You should brush and floss regularly.

White (Tooth Colored) Fillings (Bonding)

After the anesthesia wears off your teeth may be sensitive. Hot and cold drinks should not be consumed during this period of time. After that initial period, your treated teeth will feel like your natural teeth. Continue your normal hygiene plan to ensure that your fillings last for a long time.

Scaling and Root Planing

After this deep cleaning procedure your gums will probably be slightly sore and irritated for a few days. You should rinse your mouth with warm saltwater (1 tsp. salt/8 oz. water) two-to-three times a day. This will clean the area and can help relieve discomfort.

Continue brushing and flossing gently after the procedure. If you experience any swelling or stiffness in the area you can apply a cold compress and take some pain relieving medicine. Avoid any hard or chewy foods for two-to-three days after the cleaning. If you continue to experience pain or swelling after a few days, contact your dentist.

Dental Veneers

Before you receive your veneer you may receive a temporary restoration. Since this is not as sturdy as the permanent version, the acts of cleaning and eating should be taken with caution. To keep your restoration from being dislodged, refrain from pulling up on the tooth when flossing. When the temporary veneer is in, you should avoid sticky or chewy foods.

There may be some sensitivity and irritation after the temporary or permanent veneer is placed. This is normal and will subside after the soft tissue heals. A warm saltwater rinse and/or a pain reliever will help.

When the veneer is placed it may feel a little awkward for a few days, but it\’s only a matter of time until your gums adapt to the new tooth.

Extractions

After the surgery you may want to rest. The extracted area will bleed and gauze will be applied at the completion of the surgery. If the extraction continues to bleed for more than 24 hours, your dentist should be contacted. When lying down, elevate your head.

Soft foods will be recommended for after the surgery including:

  • Pudding
  • Yogurt
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Ice Cream
  • Thin Soups